Activists call on Arab states to recognise Libyan rebels' council

Activists call on Arab states to recognise Libyan rebels' council

Activists in Egypt called on Arab countries on Sunday to recognise the rebels' Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC) as the conflict between the rebels and leader Moamer Gaddafi enters its third month.

Cairo-based activists of the February 17 coalition said that the slow pace of Arab countries in recognising the council as the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people had left thousands killed, dpa reported.

"We emphasize the need for the international community to interfere as soon as possible to spare civilians from the threat of genocide," wrote the coalition in a statement.

"We renew our call to all Arab countries to recognize the Interim Council as the sole legitimate representative of the people and to provide it with all the support that will help it carry out its mission in the liberation of Libya," said the statement, published by the opposition website Libya Al-Youm.

Qatar was the first Arab country to recognize the ITNC as the sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

The oil-rich Gulf state's have provided aircraft to the NATO-led coalition carrying out the United Nations resolution for a no-fly zone over Libya, aimed at protecting civilians from embattled Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi's forces..

The Arab League has endorsed the no-fly zone, and both the United Arab Emirates and Jordan have pledged to offer "logistical support" to the mostly Western-led coalition.

Meanwhile French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said that military operations over Libya could stretch on indefinitely, saying it is impossible to foresee what lies ahead with Libya and its leader.

"There's the risk that this war could take a while," said Longuet, in a report published Sunday by the Le Parisien newspaper.

He said he thinks it is possible to remove Gaddafi without putting international troops on the ground, even though he said that would be a "complicated mission."

"In Libya, we have an air war with no information from the ground. That is certainly a weakness, even if Gaddafi's army has fewer than 100,000 men," said Longuet.

The Council, based in the eastern rebel stronghold of Benghazi, said earlier that NATO airstrikes have improved the protection of the local population. But the Western alliance's efforts to protect civilians should "be increased."

The European Union has sent an aid ship with 100 tons of supplies to the besieged city of Misurata, the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) Saturday. The EU ship will try to bring back as many evacuees as it can when it leaves. Currently there are about 7,000 waiting to get out of Misurata.

The IOM has already evacuated about 1,200 people, it reported, mostly women, children and the elderly. Many are hungry and dehydrated.

Misurata, a key city seen as a gateway to Tripoli, has been under attack for around two months, with rebels saying at least 1,000 have been killed there.

Commission for Crimes in Karabakh to politically, legally assess Armenian aggression
Commission for Crimes in Karabakh to politically, legally assess Armenian aggression
Liberated lands of Azerbaijan already have good mobile signal - Russian 'Izvestia'
Liberated lands of Azerbaijan already have good mobile signal - Russian 'Izvestia'
Important to know where mines are on Azerbaijan's liberated lands - Lithuanian FM
Important to know where mines are on Azerbaijan's liberated lands - Lithuanian FM
Loading Bars
Latest
Romgaz’s investments turn out to be 39% less than planned
Spain logged hottest year on record in 2020
Romgaz sees over 7% decrease in Q1 2021 revenues
Khari Bulbul festival in Azerbaijan's Shusha became message to the world - MP
TAP AG joins other partners to submit White Dragon for IPCEI status
UAE urges Mideast ceasefire, offers condolences to all victims
Vienna Energy Research Group talks Iran's capacity in oil production, int'l oil sales
Iran to invest in Afghanistan's infrastructure projects
Petrochemical revenues to become less volatile, says McKinsey & Co.
Tickets for UEFA EURO 2020 matches in Baku up on sale (PHOTO)
Georgia’s subsistence minimum up
Azerbaijan to have two routes to Turkey within BTK corridor
Europe has right conditions for "safe reopening" of tourism in summer - EU Commissioner
Georgian-Lithuanian co-op facilitates freight transport between China, Europe - Ministry
Jan.-Apr. 2021: Georgian wine export up 15%
Demand for domestic tourism on the rise in Kazakhstan
Some 300 applicants register for Presidential elections in İran
Turkey’s 87 tech zones exports reach $5.8 billion
China's probe lands on Mars
Kazakhstan keen to cooperate with Spain in water resources management
Number of active U.S. drilling rigs increases this week
Cuba reports record number of daily COVID-19 cases
Japanese lawyer implores Tokyo to cancel Olympics, 350,000 sign petition
Romania to ease COVID-19 restrictions from Saturday
U.S. city Columbus agrees to pay 10 mln USD to family of unarmed black man killed by police
3 rockets fired from Syria toward Israel
Indonesia reports 2,633 new COVID-19 cases, 107 new deaths
Turkey reports over 14 400 COVID-19 cases)
New project 'Log in Georgia' to give access to high-speed internet to people in rural areas
Head of Kazakhstan holds meeting with World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia
Lithuanian company launches innovative complex solution in Azerbaijan's financial sector
5.2 mln Ethiopians in restive northern region need food aid - UN
Improved coronavirus conditions lead to further relaxation of restrictions in Cyprus
Israel's annual inflation up 0.8 pct, highest in nearly 2 years
Chairs of Azerbaijani Parliament, Turkish National Assembly talk issues of mutual interest
COVID-19 kills 202 more Iranians over past 24 hours
Lithuania gifts 15,000 Covid-19 vaccines to Georgia
Turkey to gradually relax COVID-19 measures, normalcy in June
President Tokayev receives Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade
First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva made another post from Karabakh (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Germany's COVID-19 incidence rate drops below 100 for first time in two months
Georgia updates environmental targets with support from EU4Climate project
Azerbaijani FM, high-ranked EU official discuss Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation
Extra costs to air fares for PCR testing almost double flight cost - IATA
SOCAR to supply Rosneft’s oil products to Baltic states, Ukraine, Poland
Google leads U.S. business push to preserve work permits for H-1B spouses
Production of electric cars in Iran needs more motivation - ministry official
Azerbaijan, US exchange views on Armenian-Azerbaijani border situation
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for May 14
Georgia negotiating with South African, Polish companies to manufacture military UAVs
Second batch of Sputnik V vaccine expected to be delivered to India by end of the week
London May cocoa expiry sees 72,230 tonnes tendered
Azerbaijan confirms 326 more COVID-19 cases, 1,262 recoveries
Azerbaijan names date of issuing tickets for UEFA EURO 2020 matches in Baku
Afghan president calls Azerbaijani president
Wizz Air joins airlines cancelling Tel Aviv flights
Georgia receives financing from WB toward cost of energy supply reliability
More Azerbaijani enterprises to export tomatoes to Russia
'Lancet report on India COVID-19 response another attempt to undermine developing country's ability to challenge big pharma's monopoly'
Kazakh telecommunications company opens tender to buy station for wells management
Russia reports 9,462 daily COVID-19 cases
Azerbaijani MoD names number of commissioned military units in liberated areas (PHOTO)
Total assets of INPEX rise in Q1 2021
INPEX sees decrease in net natural gas sales
INPEX Corporation increases net sales of crude oil
Turkish company Chalik Holding to build new wind farm in Georgia
No oil deliveries planned from Azerbaijan to Belarus in May
Revenues of Azerbaijan State Maritime Agency decrease
Kazakhstan's ERG eyeing more investments into future projects
Kazakhstan sees decrease in trade with Netherlands
Kazakhstan, France discuss fuel energy cooperation prospects
Georgia reports 1,390 new cases of coronavirus for May 14
France's Macron to go down in history as killer of OSCE Minsk Group
Airbnb bookings jump 52% as vaccinations spur vacation rental demand
SOCAR ready to share capacity of Southern Gas Corridor with Turkmenistan
Kazakhstan decreases exports to Hungary
Azerbaijani oil prices decline
Russian IrAero to launch flights to Azerbaijan soon
Zulfiya Khanbabayeva to be the next narrator of Nar's ‘Reading hour’ project (PHOTO)
Apple supplier Foxconn reports Q1 profit T$28.2 bln, beats estimates
Kazakh gas supply company opens tender for pipeline maintenance
Georgia reveals rating of its largest wine and spirits companies
Georgian Geofresh company eyes Europe, Dubai to expand exports
Georgian Adjara creating new platform for tourism development
Turkey discloses number of ships received by Tuzla port
Turkish ministry discloses volume of cargo handled through Bartin port
Sweden, WB supporting Georgia by addressing wastewater treatment challenges
IMF underlines successfully completed four-year extended program in Georgia
Georgia considers opening of land borders
UN Secretary General calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza Strip and Israel
Kazakhstan requires sustainable management practices for natural resources - UNIDO
Iran’s FM meets with Spanish counterpart
Kazakhstan reports 2,549 more COVID-19 cases, total at 353,140
Turkey reports 11,534 new COVID-19 cases, 5,083,996 in total
6.0-magnitude quake strikes off Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued
Colonial Pipeline restarts entire pipeline system - company statement
Hamas launches 100 more missiles in direction of Ashkelon
More than 745,000 COVID-19 infections detected worldwide over past 24 hours - WHO
UN Security Council to hold open session on Israel and Gaza Strip on May 16
Oil prices drop as U.S. pipeline resumes operations
All news